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'Follow new Covid restrictions this weekend' - Council

A West Yorkshire council is urging people to follow the latest coronavirus restrictions this weekend.

A sign asking people to stay 2m apart
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Wakefield Council says enforcement, licensing and environmental health officers will be working alongside the police this weekend, checking businesses are following the new rules.

The authority has also urged people heading out to understand and follow the rules in order to help keep other people safe.

The new rules, which came into force yesterday, include:

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways
  • Hospitality venues must close at 22:00
  • The requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink

The council adds that the new restrictions are in addition to the "rule of six", which bans social gatherings of more than six people inside and outside venues.

Councillor Maureen Cummings said: "It is absolutely critical we reduce the spread of infection and we must act now to prevent more cases. We want people to still enjoy a night out, but you must take responsibility to keep yourself and others safe.

“Please support our local economy and local businesses who have worked really hard to implement the necessary measures by sticking to the rules," she added.

County lines raids: Arrests made across Yorkshire

Suspected criminals in Yorkshire who operate so-called "county lines" gangs have been arrested as part of a week-long national crackdown.

Police raiding a property
National Police Chiefs' Council

"County lines" operations involve young and vulnerable people being used as couriers to move drugs and cash between cities and smaller towns.

Raids in the past week, involving all 43 regional forces in England and Wales, had been the most successful of their kind, according to police.

Humberside Police said 20 people had been arrested with thousands of pounds' worth of suspected drugs being seized.

In total, 29 vulnerable people had been protected, the force said.

In North Yorkshire, 15 people were arrested as part of the crackdown, with 16 people being arrested in West Yorkshire.

Raids were also carried out in South Yorkshire with 16 people being arrested, police say.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Very windy with sunny intervals and scattered showers, frequent and heavy at times in more eastern areas, with the best of any dry and sunny weather further west.

Feeling cold in a strong northerly wind with gales along the coast and highs of about 13C (55F).


Wakefield consider lockdown after positive Covid-19 tests

BBC Sport

Wakefield Trinity head coach Chris Chester says the club is considering going into lockdown after two players tested positive for coronavirus.

Chris Chester
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As a result, Trinity have been forced to stand down a further seven players.

However, their Super League game against Wigan Warriors on Friday is still due to go ahead.

"We spoke about potentially locking ourselves down for four or five days to get rid of the virus that is lingering around the players," Chester (pictured) said.

"It would give us chance to have a look at the training aspect and to give this place a real deep clean.

"If that's what it takes, then that's what we're going to have to do and fingers crossed that works for us."

After the positive results and standing down other players, Chester only has a squad of 17 available for the match against the Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cool day with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy and thundery.

Tonight will be cool with clear spells and a brisk northerly wind:

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Watching cute animal videos is good for your mental and physical health

Researchers at the University of Leeds have tested the theory on students to much success!

NHS Spitfire fly-past - take two

A Spitfire is due to fly over a number of Yorkshire hospitals today as a thank you to NHS staff in the county for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

George Lewis Romain

The flight is rescheduled from last week when the plane had to return to base because of poor weather.

The blue photo-reconnaissance Spitfire, which has the message "THANK U NHS" beneath its wings, is touring hospitals across the UK to raise money for NHS charities.

Funds for the NHS are being raised by the plane's owners, offering the chance for people to nominate the name of a loved one which will then be handwritten onto the aircraft.

Owners Aircraft Restoration Co say: "It's a way of recognising small acts of kindness throughout the Covid-19 pandemic."

Names on wing of spitfire
George Lewis Romain

The Spitfire is estimated to have an 80,000-name capacity.

Its planned flight schedule across Yorkshire is:

  • 11:38: Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield
  • 11:42: St Mary's Hospital, Leeds
  • 11:45: Bradford Royal Infirmary
  • 11:51: Harrogate District Hospital
  • 11:57: York Hospital
  • 12:08: Friarage Hospital, Northallerton
  • 14:36: Airedale Hospital, Keighley
  • 14:57: Alfred Bean Hospital, Driffield
  • 15:03: Castle Hull Hospital, Cottingham
  • 15:05: Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull
  • 15:10: Humberside Airport

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be dry for most of the day with some sunny spells during the morning, but cloud thickening as the day goes on, bringing the chance of showers later.

Tonight will start off cloudy with occasional showers. As the night goes on, a band of rain will move in from the north-west, becoming heavy and persistent at times:

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Oscar the alpaca's pitch invasion may spell the start of his football career

Oscar enjoyed free roam on the pitch at Carlton Athletic's tie against Ilkley Town

Coronavirus restrictions in Yorkshire: What we know now

Tighter coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be imposed in parts of West Yorkshire next week while the number of Covid-19 cases in parts of North Yorkshire is now causing concern, it's been confirmed.

Man with mask
Reuters/Carl Recine

Here's a summary of today's developments across Yorkshire:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A largely dry and settled day with patchy cloud and sunny spells for most areas.

Tonight will be slightly milder than last night with patchy cloud for most places:

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Next to create 1,000 jobs with warehouse in South Elmsall

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Fashion retailer Next has been given planning permission to build a new warehouse in South Elmsall, near Wakefield, in a move which it says could create around 1,000 jobs for the area.

Next site at South Elmsall

The company will expand southwards from the distribution centre it already has off Field Lane in the town, where hundreds of people are already employed.

Next told a Wakefield Council planning meeting the plans were necessary to help meet online demand for its clothes.

The meeting was told that although the development will take place on greenbelt land, “special circumstances” dictated the plan was appropriate, given the potential economic benefit to South Elmsall.

Spitfire returns home after weather halts fly-past plans

A Spitfire which was due to fly over hospitals in Yorkshire to say thank you for NHS staff's efforts during the coronavirus pandemic has had to return to base because of poor weather.

George Lewis Romain

The blue Spitfire, which has "THANK U NHS" written underneath its wings, was due to tour hospitals across the UK raising money for NHS charities.

However, the company behind the project says due to low cloud and poor visibility it was forced to return to its Duxford Airfield base in Cambridgeshire.

Funds for the NHS are being raised by the plane's owners, offering the chance for people to nominate the name of a loved one which will then be handwritten onto the aircraft.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cooler day today with heavy cloud cover and occasional rain.

This evening will remain dry throughout with some clear spells developing after midnight:

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Aleksander Pawlak: Five accused of attack on victim

A man suffered fatal injuries in "a sustained violent assault" by a gang armed with table and chair legs, a court has heard.

Aleksander Pawlak
West Yorkshire Police

Aleksander Pawlak, 30, was pronounced dead in Pinderfields Road, Wakefield, shortly on 9 September 2019.

He had suffered facial fractures and other injuries in the late-night attack at his basement flat.

Prosecutor Peter Moulson QC told jurors that all five defendants had travelled in a Volkswagen Passat from Southampton to Wakefield.

He told the jury that a dispute over a debt, possibly drugs related, between Adam Litwinowicz, 24, and Mr Pawlak had led to the killing.

The court heard that some of the group had brought table or chair legs with them and some also had gloves.

Mr Moulson told the jury that the nature and distribution of the injuries strongly suggested that he had been subjected to "a sustained, violent assault" close to the time of his death.

Bradford Crown Court heard four men and a woman deny murder and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The case continues.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be another hot, dry and sunny day, with temperatures into the mid 20s.

It's expected to remain warm this evening, with late sunshine in places, but also some patchy cloud and a few passing showers:

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